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Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast Recipe

Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast Recipe

How good is this dish? Well, Debbie Dunaway in Kettering, Ohio says it’s the only kind of meat her two young kids will eat and enjoy—other than hot dogs! It's also incredibly easy to make and simply delicious!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 6-1/4 hours YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (3 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water


  • 1. Cut roast in half; rub with brown sugar. Place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Pour apple juice and soy sauce over roast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 2. Remove roast; cover and keep warm. Skim fat from cooking juices. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into juices. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (4 ounces) equals 545 calories, 21 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 194 mg cholesterol, 945 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 56 g protein.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Teriyaki Pork Roast

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Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"I made this for dinner tonight. Big hit my mom had seconds!!"

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2015

"I want to make a correction about the roast.....there is no such thing as a "shoulder butt roast" A shoulder roast and a butt roast are on opposite ends of the pig. Butt roasts are the better cut as they have less fat than shoulder roasts."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2014

"I made this for Sunday dinner. Everyone raved about it! I added peeled sliced carrots the last half of cooking time. Definitely one of our "go to" favorites!"

Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"A big hit with the whole family! So easy to make!"

Reviewed Jan. 8, 2014

"So good! Like other reviewers, I didn't have apple juice on hand so I used 1c unsweetened apple sauce. Added green onion, 2-3 cloves chopped garlic, and 1/2-1T chopped gingerroot to the sauce. At the end, I strained the juices in a mesh strainer and ended up thickening the sauce on the stove because it wasn't happening very fast in the crockpot. Served with brown rice & mixed veggies (blended together). Definitely my go-to recipe for pork roasts."

Reviewed Oct. 20, 2013

"This is a favorite. I do cook it for the full eight hours. I also use regular Mott's Apple Juice instead of unsweetened. When I remove the roast I do take off an excess fat before covering to rest for the 15 minutes. I then strain the juices into the pan to catch any extra fat and then I boil the liquid with the cornstarch and cold water in a pan on the stove. I shredded the pork after it has set and put it back into the slow cooker and mix the sauce in and serve as pulled pork either plain or on sandwiches. Delicious!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2013

"It was very greasy and I even cut some of the fat off the roast. The gravy, however, was very good but I don't think I'll be making this again."

Reviewed Oct. 7, 2013

"It was excellent. I used pork tenderloin and added sweet potatoes. Great flavor!"

Reviewed Oct. 6, 2013

"The family loved it, even the picky ones. I will make this again!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2013

"Awesome and so very easy to throw together!!!!"

Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"This is a great recipe. My husband has asked me to make this frequently! The kids also love it."

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"have this in the crock-pot rite now and made it according to directions i will rate and write a review when it gets finished :)"

Reviewed Jun. 2, 2013

"have this in the crock-pot rite now and made it according to directions i will rate and write a review when it gets done :)"

Reviewed Sep. 24, 2012

"This recipe makes a fabulous pork roast. My husband and 8 year old daughter raved about it. I served it with the Almond Vegetable Stir-Fry on brown rice which was a great side dish for this recipe."

Reviewed Apr. 24, 2012

"This was super easy to make and really delicious. I doubled the liquid and added some chopped garlic like one of the comments suggested. My husband really liked it. This is definitely a keeper."

Reviewed Apr. 19, 2012

"Would like to make this as it sounds easy to make and good. However, being a "concrete sequential" kind of guy, I notice it doesn't say to put BOTH halves of the roast in the cooker. So the question is: Do both halves go in? Thanks in advance from a charter member of DENSA (not to be confused with MENSA). :>)"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I made this for dinner yesterday and it was just delicious. I used a pork loin because I had one in the freezer and it needed to be used. I had no apple juice on hand, so I substituted Apple & Eve's Naturally Cranberry, which includes some apple juice. We loved it. I served this with mashed potatoes, applesauce, and a broccoli salad."

Reviewed Nov. 24, 2011

"Excellent! My 5 year old asked for seconds and it's usually a challenge to get him to eat any mean."

Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"This was so awesome, the sauce was great on the meat. Served with mashed potatoes. I ended up thickening the sauce in the microwave- not in the crockpot. Love it and will make it again and again!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2011

"Loved it! Super simple ta make, and the kids devoured it in seconds! Served it with pasta since we had some left over in the fridge and we poured the sauce over it all. Next time I will use rice, it will likely soak up all the yummy juice. Reminded me of Rice King"

Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"The family loved it. will be making it again soon."

Reviewed Aug. 13, 2010

"I have been making this recipe on a regular basis. My husband and I love it. I serve it to company and have been asked for the recipe multiple times. I have also tried this recipe with chicken insted of the pork roast, which I like just as well."

Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"I have been making this roast for the last few years on a regular basis, It always turns out delicious. It is a favourite in our home & is requested regularly!!"

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2010

"Excellent! This was a big hit in our house. Even our boys loved this new recipe. Its a keeper :)"

Reviewed Mar. 8, 2010

"This is the best roast I have EVER made hands down! The meat was so tender and the flavor of the sauce that it produced was delicious!

I didn't have any apple juice on hand so I used about a cup of natural apple sauce instead. Like a previous reviewer, I added some garlic and ginger and a handfull of chopped green onion to the sauce mixture before letting it simmer in the crock pot 4 hours.
When we arrived home from church the smell of the roast filled the kitchen and we all dove in right away!
I will keep this recipe and use it as my signature roast recipe- it was that good! ☺
Thank you!"

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"This recipe is so easy and excellent for a quick meal, it's always surprising. I've made it at home and at my parents and everyone loves it!"

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2009

"I made this recipe last Sunday & it is fabulous. I did add one package of marinade spices that I added to the brown sugar before I rubbed it into the roast...wonderful flavor & so easy. Thanks so much for sharing...I will be making this one again and again!


Reviewed Jun. 24, 2009

"I made this today and my husband gave it a rating of 9! He was pleasantly surprised! My kids loved it too! Definitely a keeper! Thank you so much for sharing!"

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer